Parrish, Becky W.
Whether setting up a still life, or positioning a figure in a portrait, the objective in the paintings is to create an integrated whole. Conjunction of form is inherent to painting. Conjunction of form refers to many important qualities, i.e. color theme, density of space, overlapping of objects and shadows, paint manipulation (scraping, repainting, scraping again and using a palette knife to build up areas where texture is desired) and the reworking of borders and edges. I choose still life as an art form, because it allows me to control all of the above-mentioned elements. Still life in general, is limited in depth and space, therefore, it is a challenge when developing an arrangement to try and capture that multi-layered sense of space on the two-dimensional surface of the canvas.